"... In this country, when you're so damn young and impressionable, it's especially exhilarating, playing for your school, with the pretty cheerleaders jumping up and down and fans yelling for you. Young tits and the roar of the crowd - all your life, you might never beat that.
"The fuss we make over high school sports is probably the main reason so many men in the United States are forever adolescent. High school sports have replaced The Western as the male American lyric."
Can’t say I’m an NPR aficionado, but his work at Sports Illustrated impacted me greatly as I was growing up.
The world will be a lesser place without regular dispatches from Mr. Deford.